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Blanca Estela Aguilar, mother of Oscar Luna Aguilar, 23, who died in a shootout involving Federal Police officers during a demonstration of teachers, mourns him along his coffin at home in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca State, Mexico on June 21, 2016. — AFP picBlanca Estela Aguilar, mother of Oscar Luna Aguilar, 23, who died in a shootout involving Federal Police officers during a demonstration of teachers, mourns him along his coffin at home in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca State, Mexico on June 21, 2016. — AFP picMEXICO CITY, June 20 — Gunmen ambushed Mexican federal police agents yesterday, killing four and wounding seven in Guerrero, one of the country’s states that is most plagued by drug-violence, the government said.

The agents were attacked during an operation in the municipality of San Miguel Totolapan, the federal attorney-general’s office said in a statement.

One criminal suspect was killed and three were wounded, the office said.

State authorities said soldiers and state police were searching for the gunmen.

San Miguel Totolapan is a fiefdom of Los Tequileros, one of the bloodiest criminal gangs in Guerrero.

Violence has spiked in Guerrero over the past decade as a growing number of criminal gangs vie for control of crops of opium poppies and for drug-trafficking routes. — Reuters

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